Police Probe Arrest Of Rutgers Student

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP/CBSNewYork) — Authorities have launched an investigation after a video was posted online showing a police officer punching a Rutgers University student during an arrest.

Elliot Marx, 20, was arrested after a large fight involving about 50 people outside an off-campus house party on Stone and Prosper Streets in New Brunswick around 1 a.m. Saturday.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg with an attorney for Marx who says his clients posed no threat to officers

The video, which appears to have been recorded on a cell phone from a balcony overlooking the scene, shows a New Brunswick police officer punching the Lindenhurst, N.Y., resident. Another officer is heard shouting: “Stop resisting! Give me your hand.”

WCBS 880 Reporter Levon Putney with New Brunswick PD on the video that is “part of the investigation.”

Police Lt. J.T. Miller tells The Home News Tribune of East Brunswick Marx had jumped on an officer’s back.  He did admit to WCBS 880’s Levon Putney “the video does show an officer punching the individual,” adding “the video is a small part of the incident.”

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Elliot Marx (Photo Courtesy: Attorney John Koufos)

“The video was brought to our attention and we are reviewing it and investigating it to see if there is any wrongdoing or excessive force or something that shouldn’t have been done,” Miller told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg.

Marx was charged with resisting arrest, aggravated assault on a police officer and obstruction. Attorney John Koufos said his client posed no threat to the officers as he was pinned to the ground by at least five police officers and struck several times in the head and face.

“My client’s position is he didn’t even know they were police officers until they started yelling stop resisting,” Koufos said.

A second man was charged with disorderly conduct.

Internal Affairs investigators are interviewing witnesses and examining footage from a police car video camera to determine if the use of force was justified.

Koufos applauded the police department for investigating the incident and has said he does not want the public prejudging his client or police.

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  • Tom

    Watch the entire video and pay particular attention to the last 5 seconds. You will see an officer trip the suspect dropping him to the ground with his hands cuffed behind his back and then you can clearly hear the kids head slammed against the police car as one of the foul mouthed officers trys to “get him up”. you can also see another officer kick the kid as they are lifting him up.
    Seeing only part of the video I ws leaning on the officers statements the kid was resisting arrest. Seeing “the rest of the story” those cops are pricks and deserve everything coming to them and more!

  • Tawana Brawley

    The only person from Lindenhurst that has ever got into Rutgers obviously cannot follow simple directions.

    Looks OK to me, hope I am on the jury, if the DA is dumb enough to file charges.

    Typical Long Island punk., no doubt.

  • Nick

    Rutgers students were always kind of stupid. He “didn’t realize they were cops”. The uniforms obviously didn’t clue him in. Typical Rutgers drunken diploma mill.

    • Sarah

      Nick, it saddens me that you would use one Rutgers student to make a generalization about the entire university. As a Rutgers student, I will let you know that I am not ‘kind of stupid’ nor am I stupid at all. In no way am I supporting this student–if he WAS resisting arrest, which seems to be the case, then the officers had to do what they had to do. However, just because a student from a particular university ends up in the media, does not mean that EVERY other student at that school is just like him.

      Stop being so ignorant.

  • Flo Chart

    She is getting fat, isn’t she.

  • Thomas Laird

    I just watched the video and all I saw was several officers trying to arrest someone and put the cuffs on.No punches of any kind were thrown or no force was used unti tt he person began t resist.Back when I was this kids age the cop would have had there nightsticks out and used them and you would have woke up in jail and wondered what train hit you.These modern college kids want to act like jerks and then aren’t man enough to take the ass whooping that should come with the behavior.

  • Ed Poor

    If you don’t resist arrest, the police won’t rough you up. Next time try saying, “I’ll go quietly, officer.” You might even show both hands open, in front of you.

  • Faye

    That why they beat you because you all have no clue about life until something happen to you get real and grow up no one has a right to hit no one a badge don’t give you that right so when your time come don’t say a word.

  • Joshua

    So the police is investigating a beating by another police?

  • Chachi

    Wait, wait, wait. Where’s the NAACP and the Civil Rights Groups with this kid being beaten? Oh. He’s WHITE. Never mind…

  • O. Beese

    Has anyone noticed that Diane Sawyer is getting really fat?

  • ratso

    kid got what he deserved.

  • Mr Armenia

    These college students basically should get a degree in underage drinking.

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